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Corry to captain Barbarians

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Martin Corry will captain the Barbarians on this summer's two-match tour.

Leicester Tigers club captain Corry will lead the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on May 30 before they fly to Sydney to take on Australia on June 6.

Corry, whose Tigers teammate Geordan Murphy is also in the Barbarians squad, said: “It is a huge honour for me to be invited to be captain of the Barbarians. They are a club that holds dear everything which is right about rugby. They never fail to promote the proper values and traditional qualities of our sport.”

Corry has played 290 games for Tigers, been capped 64 times by England and led the side on 17 occasions. He will lead out the Barbarians at Twickenham accompanied by his two children, three-year-old Edward and Eve, 5, as match mascots.

He said: “For me this is going to be a very emotional family occasion. It will be my last game in England and to finish at Twickenham with my two children as mascots is just perfect.”

The summer tour also gives Corry an opportunity to team up again with former Lions' team mates and now coaches, David Young and Mike Catt.

Corry said: “That is something else I am looking forward to tremendously. I’ve had some great experiences with Dai [Young], especially on the 2001 Lions’ tour to Australia when he was the midweek captain and created a tremendous spirit on what was in some respects a difficult tour.

“As for Catty, he will be an ideal backs’ coach for the Baa-Baas. He has a naturally gifted rugby brain and will want to play the game just as the Barbarians have always done."

Barbarians' president Micky Steele-Bodger added: “We have a particularly strong squad this year, full of test quality players with vast experience worldwide.

“Martin was a popular choice by our committee to be their captain. He is held in high regard by everyone who has played with and against him and as he is retiring after our tour we are delighted to think that his final matches will be in a Barbarian jersey.”

The Barbarians squad:

Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues & NZ)
*Doug Howlett (Munster & NZ)
*Sonny Bill Williams (Toulon)
Seilala Mapusua (London Irish & Samoa)
*Luke McAlister (Sale Sharks & NZ)
*Josh Lewsey (London Wasps & England)
Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers & Ireland)
Ian Balshaw (Gloucester & England)
*Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster & Ireland)
*Ratu Nasiganiyavi (Waratahs)
Justin Marshall (Saracens & NZ)
*Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique & France)

Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks & France)
Schalk Brits (Stormers & SA)
*Clarke Dermody (London Irish & NZ)
*Greg Somerville (Gloucester & NZ)
* B J Botha (Ulster & SA)
Chris Jack (Saracens & NZ)
*Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues)
Martin Corry (Leicester Tigers & England)
Jerry Collins (Toulon & NZ)
Rocky Elsom (Leinster & Australia)
*Serge Betsen (London Wasps & France)
Phil Waugh (Waratahs & Australia)
[* - denotes new Barbarian]

Coach: David Young; Backs' coach: Mike Catt